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Staff Biography

Deborah G. Duran, Ph.D.

Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities
National Cancer Institute
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Rockville, MD 20852
phone: (301) 402-9221
fax: (301) 435-9225
email: durande@mail.nih.gov

Deborah Guadalupe Duran, Ph.D., is the Deputy Director of the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She is responsible for leading and implementing strategic operations of The Center, which includes budgetary responsibilities as well as heading up the management and task distribution of the Administrative Core. Her expertise lies in organizational strategic planning and science performance monitoring and reporting. She has 12 years of program planning, budget, evaluation and policy experience with a Ph.D. in social psychology with a focus in statistics and cultural health issues.

Prior to her appointment at CRCHD, Dr. Duran held the position of Performance Director at the National Institutes of Health in the Office of the Director, Division of Strategic Coordination and Portfolio Initiatives 2003-2010. During her tenure, she developed the first ever model of prospective annual targets and reporting of unplanned results in scientific discovery process. Her position enabled a broad understanding of science across most diseases and disorders. Dr. Duran also developed the first ever centralized online reporting system to assist in the collection, analysis and communication of organizational performance information. These tools and reporting strategies enable system assessments that have resulted in NIH receiving the highest performance ratings in all of the required federal performance reporting. This system has been adopted by the Department Health and Human Services and other sister federal agencies. In addition, she was one of the original founders of the Science of Science Management and sat on the first ever Charter Committee supported by the White House. These successes prompted Dr Duran to assist other science organizations nationally and internationally to plan and achieve performance.

Additionally, Dr. Duran has served as a Senior Policy Analyst for the NCIís Office of Science Planning and Assessment from 2001-2003, Senior Research and Policy Advisor for the National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services Organization in Washington DC from 1996-1998, and served as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. and the University of Maryland in Baltimore. In 2000 and 2004, she received a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services award for Distinguished Service and in 2005 the National Institutes of Health Directorís Merit Award for a model of organizational strategic planning. In 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented her with an award for her contributions to Research Efficiency Measures. She has received several community awards acknowledging her efforts to assist minority communities.

Dr. Duran received her Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, where she majored in social psychology with a minor in statistics and research design. She also received her masterís of science degree in Computers with a minor in math from Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Updated: 01/25/10